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AIDS in French Culture

Social Ills, Literary Cures


ISBN: 9780299172909

Publication Date: Dec 2001

Format: Hardback

To understand why it took France so long to react to the AIDS crisis, this work analyzes the intersections of three discourses - the literary, the medical and the political - and traces the origin of French attitudes about AIDS to 19th century anxieties about nationhood, masculinity and sexuality.
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The deluge of metaphors triggered in 1981 in France by the first public reports of what would turn out to be the AIDS epidemic spread with far greater speed and efficiency than the virus itself. To understand why it took France so long to react to the AIDS crisis, this work analyzes the intersections of three discourses - the literary, the medical and the political - and traces the origin of French attitudes about AIDS to 19th century anxieties about nationhood, masculinity and sexuality.
Date Published 31 Dec 2001
Publisher The University of Wisconsin Press
Subject/s AIDS: social aspects  

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